JAKE PAUL has claimed boxing legend Floyd Mayweather is “scared” to risk his unbeaten professional record against him.
Mayweather, 45, hung up his gloves in 2017 after beating UFC star Conor McGregor to extend his winning streak to 50-0.
YouTuber turned boxer Jake Paul has claimed Mayweather is scared to fight himCredit: Getty
Mayweather has not fought professionally since he beat McGregor back in 2017Credit: Getty
Since then he has taken part in several exhibition bouts – including against Jake's older brother Logan Paul last year – but has not returned to pro boxing.
A fight between Mayweather and Jake remains a somewhat fanciful proposition given the pair have competed at contrasting weights – with a two-stone difference between them.
Yet Paul, who is currently 5-0 as a pro, continues to goad Mayweather in an attempt to bring him out of retirement.
Speaking on his new show BS w/ Jake Paul, the 25-year-old, who grabbed Mayweather's hat off his head at a press conference last year, said: “Floyd, we respect you, bro.
“I took your hat, but if you ask anyone in my camp, I always talk about how awesome you are and how legendary you are.
“So we respect Floyd on this side of things, even though I know you're scared to fight me as a real professional bout.”
Paul has not yet fought anybody close to the level of Mayweather – who won world titles in five weight classes and is widely regarded as one of the greatest to ever lace up the gloves.
So far in his short pro career, Paul has taken on YouTuber AnEsonGib, basketball player Nate Robinson and MMA stars Ben Askren and Tyron Woodley.
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He was due to face Tyson Fury's brother Tommy earlier this month before visa issues saw the Brit pull out of the clash for a second time.
Paul then agreed to take on Hasim Rahman Jr – a heavyweight fighter with a record of 12 wins and one loss.
But that too fell through when it became apparent Rahman would not be able to make the 200lb limit.
With no fight scheduled, Paul is set to fly to Manchester next month where he reportedly plans to taunt Fury in his hometown.
The American is coming to the UK to support Amanda Serrano as she takes on IBF featherweight champion Sarah Mahfoud on the Joe Joyce vs Joseph Parker undercard on September 24.